Monday, June 23, 2014

This One's for You, JOE!

Hi, Everyone,

What a fun Young Artists Class yesterday!
The kids were very energetic . . . & full of questions.  Especially Mr.
Mr. Joe that is, who always has to leave before I take my photos of the class.
Joe is so enthusiastic & inquisitive & his art is beautiful.
Mr., this one's for you!  You finally made it into one of my photos!  It is fun having you in my class.  I am very proud of the amazing art you create.

We were blotting with Distress Stains & the kids had a blast.  They accented their pages with various colours of washi tape & a funny "oops!" stamp.

I absolutely love Jaena!  (If I misspelled your name, I'm sorry.)  Jaena is fun & has a fantastic sense of humour.  Her love of colour speaks volumes in her art.  I am very proud of the stunning art she creates! 

Yes my little princess, Zoe, is wearing her crown!  She is a sassy little girl with a mind all her own.    There are no rules in Zoe's art . . . other than having fun & being original.  I am very proud of the unique art she creates!

Teaching children & adults to create & allowing their imagination to break free on their pages is so rewarding.  My Young Artists & my Young Artists at Heart all warm my heart & bring me such joy.
Thanks to each & every one of you.

Have fun creating!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Creating with Colour

Hi, Everyone,
Creating with Colour!  Now that's Very outside my vintage box.  My vintage monochromatic colour scheme box that is.  I took a one day Colour Wow class with Dina Wakley & discovered how important the Colour Wheel is to creating, especially if you don't want mud.  My Young Artists like bright & fun . . . my ladies like vintage.

Memorizing the Colour Wheel or having one at your fingertips is key.  I won't ever create without one now.  What I've come to realize is that by referring to the Colour Wheel, your art will pop.

I like my backgrounds to be calm so my focal point pops.  In order to do that, the background needs to either be either:
1.  Monochromatic (varying shades of the same colour); or
2.  Analogous (neighbouring colours on the colour wheel)
with some white area.  Then in order for the focal point to pop, it must be Complementary (opposites on the colour wheel).  By following this method, your art will pop every single time, guaranteed.

*(If you've ever created a piece of art & something just isn't right, it's probably that your colours are not in sink with one another.  Pull out the colour wheel & have a look.)*

I purchased Dina Wakley's book, Art Journal Freedom, How to Journal Creatively with Color & Composition.  It is a good read & very informative.

Have a look at the Easel Canvas I am creating for Treasured Memories Kid's Camp this July & August.  It's not finished yet, but I absolutely LOVE it!  Thank you Dina Wakley for opening my eyes & allowing colour into my art.

The canvas is gessoed then partially collaged with antique book paper (you will never take the vintage out of this girl).  I added mesh tape to create texture, then Micro Bead Texture Gel through a large triangle stencil, then Modelling Paste through a small triangle stencil.
For the background, I chose neighbouring colours on the colour wheel (orange & yellow-orange sprays).
Take a look at the Micro Bead Texture Gel.  Isn't it great!
For the bird focal point, I chose the opposites on the colour wheel (turquoise, blue, & violet) highlighting the bottom of the bird with their close opposite (yellow).  The bird & words are also popped by shading underneath them.  Don't you love the mesh tape & Modelling Paste & especially the wire branch (of course every piece of mine must have metal embellishments)!

I purchased Dina Wakley's Scribble Birds stamps & Collaged Hearts stamps & see myself using them a lot in the future.

Once this piece is finished, I will show you the final result.

Have fun creating!

Monday, June 2, 2014

"Young Artists" - Distress Stains

Hi, Everyone!

Come join the fun!

"Young Artists" - Distress Stains
Sunday, June 22
Children (5+) 1-3 p.m.
Adults 3-5 p.m.
$20 ea.

(Children from the 1-3 p.m. class can stay at a separate table & continue working in their journal (or simply enjoy popcorn) while Mom takes the same class from 3-5 p.m.

Stain Resist . . . Stained Crackle

Modeling Paste over Stains


Stain Water Splatters

Stain Watercolour Stamping

Class Description:
Children & Adults will discover several different ways to create art with Distress Stains such as  . . . blotting, stain water splatters, stain watercolour stamping, stained crackle, stain resist, modelling paste over stains . . . using Stencils, Fine Black Markers, background stamps, cut out pieces to create 2 pages in your Art Journal.  You will be well on your way to creating your own Art Portfolio.

Please Bring:  
Art Journal (fussy cutting scissors, Fine Black Marker, White Jell Pen & Distress Stains if you don't want to share mine).  Everything including 2 heavy watercolour pages to insert in your Journals will be provided.

Please phone Treasured Memories at 780-414-1540 to reserve your spot.

Have fun creating!